Cornelia City Hall
Operation Zero Tolerance
Along With All The Fun Of July 4th Festivities There Can Be Danger When We Hit The Road For Those Backyard Barbeques Or Fireworks Shows. Unfortunately Our Holiday Crash Stats Show The Travel Season Between July 4th And Labor Day Can Be One Of The Most Dangerous Times Of Year To Get Behind The Wheel.
In Georgia, Operation Zero Tolerance (OZT) is enforced 24-7-365, but special enforcement periods are also used to target travel periods when impaired driving and summer holiday traffic volumes are historically the highest on Georgia’s roadways. During OZT campaigns, police using road-checks and concentrated patrols enforce the Over the Limit, Under Arrest policy for a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08, the legal BAC limit in all 50 states.
This special OZT summer enforcement period starts June 18th and runs through the July 4th weekend. That’s because history tells us Independence Day revelers don’t always remembers to get a sober driver. Across the nation in 2008 during the 4th of July travel period (6 p.m. Thursday, July 3rd to 5:59 a.m. Monday, July 5th), there were a total of 491 traffic fatalities. Out of that national holiday highway death toll, a whopping 43% involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher. Here in Georgia during the 2008 July 4th travel period, there were 1,905 crashes that resulted in 930 injuries and 21 fatalities. And more than 1-in-4 of those fatalities involved alcohol!
“Commemorating our nation’s independence should not include getting behind the wheel drunk,” said Director Bob Dallas of the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). “It’s just not worth the risk. If you don’t want to turn a festive summer holiday into a tragedy, you must find a sober driver before you start celebrating.”
Every 45 minutes… That’s 32 times a day… Someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired driving crash. Nationally, 37,261 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2008. Out of that number, 11,773 people were killed in crashes involving at least one impaired driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) & Crashes
The numbers show you’re 11 times more likely to die in a crash with a BAC of .08 or higher than if you’re in the same crash with no alcohol in your system at all. Yet millions of people nationwide are still arrested for DUI every year. That’s another reason why all states uniformly enforce the 0.08 BAC limit.
Why 0.08? Because it’s at the BAC level of 0.08 where the risk of a fatal crash increases tremendously. It’s at 0.08 where critical driving skills like braking, steering, lane changing, depth perception, judgment and response time are dramatically affected. These are the very skills needed to keep everyone safe on our roads.